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Celebration of Philanthropy Recognizes Donors

Two Days of Events Bring Donors and Students Together

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Students give a rousing “thank you” to donors at the recent Celebration of Philanthropy.

By Christine Dunlap

UMass Lowell this year proudly launched Celebration of Philanthropy, an annual event to thank and honor the many donors and friends of the campus. At various events on Oct. 27 and 28, UMass Lowell recognized the alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of the University who provide support that makes a vital difference to students.

An evening reception at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center on Oct. 27 honored members of the Chancellor’s Leadership Society—individuals who support the University with gifts totaling at least $1,000 annually. 

Also at the reception, UMass Lowell launched the Circle of Distinction, the society of top benefactors who have made generous contributions over their lifetimes. Ten individuals or couples were welcomed as the first members of the Circle of Distinction.

On Oct. 28, a Legacy of Giving luncheon brought together individuals who have established scholarship funds at the University and the students who receive help through those funds. There are well over 200 endowed scholarships at UMass Lowell, including 57 established by faculty and staff members. UMass Lowell awarded nearly $825,000 in endowed scholarships over the past academic year. 

Also on Oct. 28, the newly renovated second floor of the Lydon Library was dedicated as the Katen Learning Commons, named for Cheryl Vasey Katen ’66 and Paul ’64 Katen, both Lowell Tech alumni, who met as students. They have made the largest ever gift to the University library. 

Other events included a tour of new facilities on campus and a reception before the River Hawks ice hockey home opener against Boston College at the Tsongas Center.